Reminder: Register for webinar on personal protective equipment with Australian Deputy CMO, Dr Nick Coatsworth
Registrations for the webinar with Dr Nick Coatsworth and RACS President, Dr Tony Sparnon are still open. Professor Guy Maddern, RACS Surgical Director of Research and Evaluation incorporating ASERNIP-S, and Dr Bridget Clancy, Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon and Chair of RACS Rural Surgery Section Committee will be participating in the Q&A session.

Spaces are limited, so please register as soon as possible. If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and made available to view on theRACS COVID-19 information hub.

The webinar will focus on the use of personal protective equipment.
 
Date: Tuesday 21 April 2020
Time: 4-5pm AEST

Resumption of elective surgery
High level discussions are taking place with regards to the resumption of elective surgery in Australia following the National Cabinet indication yesterday that it will consider allowing some surgeries to return next week.
 
We are advocating that this must be a considered process with strict observance of guidelines to prevent an outbreak of infection. We are aware of the personal cost to patients of postponing elective surgery and support the resumption of elective surgery when it is safe to do so.
 
We also want to ensure that there is consultation with surgical associations regarding types of surgery as not all surgeries can be safely resumed immediately. It is important that we identify which operations are the lowest risk and the highest benefit and explore doing these.

Guidelines for safe surgery: open versus laparoscopic
Our ASERNIPS team has conducted a review of safe surgery in the COVID-19 crisis with an overarching focus on laparoscopic versus open surgery.

The detailed areas considered for review included aerosol generating procedures (AGP) and virus contamination of the surgical plume, as well as risk of transmission to the surgical team. The aim was to produce advice in a short timeframe; however, it is planned to continue to revisit the evidence base frequently to assess if any new evidence impacts the advice provided in the recommendations of 9 April 2020. Read more (PDF 724.89KB).

COVID-19 and endoscopy procedures
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released afact sheet (PDF 416.38KB) regarding COVID-19 and endoscopy procedures. 

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